Tiruchirapalli, Jun 23: Students from Tamil Nadu are evincing keen interest to pursue engineering programmes in Aerospace and Avionics in addition to Medicine at recognised Russian Universities.
This was the opinion expressed by a cross section of the aspirants who attended an awareness campaign here yesterday organised by the Cultural Department attached to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai.
According to Mr C Suresh Babu, Director, Study Abroad Educational Consultants, representing the Russian Cultural Centre, while Medicine with six-year duration was offered in English medium, a study of the Russian language for a period of eight to ten months precedes the four-year engineering programmes in Aerospace, Avionics and Robotics. Indian students prefer Russian universities owing to cost factor. In certain universities like Rostov, the cost of medical education does not exceed Rs 1.5 lakh a year.
The awareness exercise was to ensure students pursue medicine only in universities recognised by the Medical Council of India,he added.
Nine recognised universities of international acclaim include Universities of Moscow, Tver, Rostov and Volgograd.
About 80 students from Tamil Nadu, guided by the Russian Cultural Centre, joined Russian universities last year.
This year, the Centre expects to admit 100 students with bank loans being arranged for the candidates.
Students are admitted to Russian universities based on admission norms of the MCI, he added.